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Each release branch of PHP is fully supported for two years from its initial stable release. During this period, bugs and security issues that have been reported are fixed and are released in regular point releases.
After this two year period of active support, each branch is then supported for an additional year for critical security issues only. Releases during this period are made on an as-needed basis: there may be multiple point releases, or none, depending on the number of reports.
Once the three years of support are completed, the branch reaches its end of life and is no longer supported. A table of end of life branches is available.
Currently Supported Versions
|Branch||Initial Release||Active Support Until||Security Support Until|
|5.4||1 Mar 2012||3 years, 7 months ago||14 Sep 2014||1 year, 1 month ago||14 Sep 2015||1 month ago|
|5.5||20 Jun 2013||2 years, 4 months ago||10 Jul 2015||3 months ago||10 Jul 2016||in 8 months|
|5.6||28 Aug 2014||1 year, 1 month ago||28 Aug 2016||in 10 months||28 Aug 2017||in 1 year, 10 months|
Or, visualised as a calendar:5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 1 Jan 2012 1 Jan 2013 1 Jan 2014 1 Jan 2015 1 Jan 2016 1 Jan 2017 1 Jan 2018 1 Jan 2019Today: 22 Oct 2015
|Active support||A release that is being actively supported. Reported bugs and security issues are fixed and regular point releases are made.|
|Security fixes only||A release that is supported for critical security issues only. Releases are only made on an as-needed basis.|
|End of life||A release that is no longer supported. Users of this release should upgrade as soon as possible, as they may be exposed to unpatched security vulnerabilities.|
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